Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I've got a reasonable idea what has happened to this frightful muddle, in spite of the fact that I am off island. And Arnish Lighthouse being what it always has been (not afraid to offer an opinion), I'm going to sound off, and await the reaction.
The Scottish Government has decided not to call in the planning application for 13 turbines on the Eishken Estate, which lies about half a dozen miles southeast of Balallan. In other words, they don't have any objections to its approval by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
The matter does get complicated, because this is part of the 53 turbines already pencilled in as the Muaitheabhal project by Beinn Mhor Power. To me, as I have pointed out earlier this year, this is a blatant attempt to sneak in the 53 turbines by the backdoor. The large project has been subject to a public local inquiry (which I unfortunately missed, being off island). But if BMP manage to put up the 53 turbines in batches of 13, none of which are opposed by the Scottish Government and certainly not by the rubber stamps on Sandwick Road, Stornoway (the Comhairle), I would like to think that some legal eagles might want to have a bit of a discussion about it. It is certainly devoid of any natural justice.
The large North Lewis Windfarm was thwarted mainly through people power. There is no people power to oppose Eishken. Total population of that district and environs lies at around 50 (most of these along Loch Seaforth between Ath Linne and Maraig), whose opinions are simply ignored by everybody.